Your onboarding strategy begins when the employee accepts the offer, not on the employee’s first day. Use that time to make sure your new hire has a seamless remote experience.
1. They need more than technology
Your first step should be to figure out what the employee needs to get their job done. Obviously, you must provision the technology and applications they need, but don’t forget about low-tech items. If they need office supplies, send them along with the technology. If their at-home workplace sounds inadequate, investigate the company’s willingness to help with any improvements that need to be made, like ergonomic furniture or partitions. And don’t forget the company swag!
2. Delivery or curbside pickup
When it comes time to deliver the goods, take the same approach as modern restaurants: delivery or curbside pickup. Obviously, if the new hire is not near the office, delivery is your only option. If they can stop by, however, provide time slots for pickup so they interact with as few people as possible.
3. Start before the first day
Don’t be afraid of getting the new hire acquainted with the company and its culture early, just as they do at development firm Adeva. Before their first day, maybe they can join the team’s messaging channel or familiarize themselves with technology tools they’ll be using. Set them up with a mentor and have them connect ahead of time.